HUESTON WOODS STATE PARK NAMED “VOLUNTEER PARK OF THE YEAR”|
Volunteers again donate record number of hours statewide in 2004
COLUMBUS, OH - Successful volunteer efforts at Hueston Woods State Park in Preble County during the last year earned the park recognition as Ohio State Parks’ “Volunteer Park of the Year,” according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
The volunteers at Hueston Woods have worked hand in hand with staff on planning and operations of park facilities, including the campground, nature center, trails and golf course.
“Few parks incorporate volunteers in as much of their operation as Hueston Woods,” said Dan West, chief of Ohio State Parks. “The park staff listens to the volunteers and uses a team approach to make good things happen at this popular state park.”
Volunteers at Hueston Woods contributed a total of 22,850 hours in service to the park last year. In 2004, a record number of 7,036 volunteers worked in Ohio State Parks, contributing 346,000 hours of service.
Lake Alma State Park in Vinton County received honorable mention for its volunteer activities in 2004. Those activities included construction of new shuffleboard courts and park benches.
Volunteers donate their time in many ways, including providing campground host services, assisting park staff with building and maintaining trails, litter pickup and beautification projects, aiding naturalists with programs and animal care. Volunteer programs offer opportunities for people of all ages and interests to participate. To become a park volunteer, contact a nearby state park or visit ohiodnr.com